Welcome back to Exodus! Those of you who have done any kind of Vacation Bible School or Sunday school, are probably familiar with the 10 plagues of Egypt. Guess what we’re going to be reading about this week? The 10 plagues! Boy oh boy are they yucky! In my APPLY for this week I’m going to share with you another personal story about something. This one is kinda sad so if you aren’t in that kind of mood today, I understand, maybe don’t read that section. Just a fair warning there…proceed with caution.
Monday, April 9 Chapter 6
Tuesday, April 10 Chapter 7
Wednesday, April 11 Chapter 8
Thursday, April 12 Chapter 9
Friday, April 13 Chapter 10
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I’m about to share with you guys the day my grandfather died. So again, if you are not in the mood to read about something sad, come back later when you’re in a better mood, and let me know how I can pray for you. You’ve been warned.
About three and a half years ago now we lost our family’s patriarch. My grandfather was a man’s man. He installed toilets when we weren’t home, built a patio in our front yard, and made sure my mother never killed my uncle. He was our everything. 15 years ago he was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease. The news rocked all of us, but he was such a trooper. He fought the disease every day for as long as he could. I am so grateful for him and his example in that.
Although he lived a beautiful life, he also had a beautiful death. That day will be with me forever. I remember we got a call about midmorning from my aunt who told us the hospice nurse said today was the day. He had been laid up in my aunts living room in a hospital bed receiving 24 hour service for awhile. We were all as ready as we could be. He had suffered the last 2 years with several strokes which left him unable to walk or speak. It was time.
My mom, dad, and myself immediately went to my aunts house to be with him and with one another. My brother was away at college and we would not have had time to get him and bring him home. My aunt, my uncle, my dad, my mom, my grandma, myself, and the nice nurse were all there to love on him in his final hours. I sometimes laugh that he died the way he lived: all his ladies around him being annoying. He was never alone, one of the women in the family was literally holding his hand the whole day.
After a couple hours, the nurse let us know he was moments away from the end. We all crowded around him and laid hands in him. At this point, my grandma began to wail, I’d never heard her like that before and I haven’t ever since. She wailed and she screamed and she said, “Please don’t leave me, Sam. Please, God don’t let him leave me yet.” All I could do was hold my grandmother. My Papa’s breath slowed but didn’t stop…Until Grandma said, “It’s okay, Sam. I’m ready when you’re ready. We’re all going to be okay, you can go.” At that exact moment, my grandfather exhaled for the last time.
To this day I cannot wrap my mind around that moment. He was fighting for her, he had nothing, but he was fighting to keep living for her. He waited, God waited, until she was ready.
Our Lord is patient. He was patient with my grandmother that day. He was patient with Pharaoh as he flip flopped when deciding to let the Israelites go, he is patient with me EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. He doesn’t force our hands, he knows what’s best, he knows what’s right, but he let’s us tell him when we are ready. As you will see this week Pharaoh wasn’t ready to let the Israelites go, who wants to give up free labor? But God is patient with his powerful acts. He performed mighty acts to show his power to Pharaoh and the Egyptians; he performed mighty acts when he allowed my grandfather to continue breathing until my grandmother was ready. He literally has all the time in the world, he can and will wait for every one of us to open our hearts to his plan.
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